Classroom Management

The Buzz On Cicadas: Cross-Curricular Activities

By Phil Nast April 22, 2013 10:13 am

In his memoir Naturalist, E.O. Wilson describes how he decided to become an ant expert. He was originally drawn to flies, a particular family of long-legged green and blue flies that appeared, he thought, “like animated gemstones,” but the …

Education policy

A Chardon High School Teacher’s Reflections on School Safety, One Year Later

By Tammy Segulin February 27, 2013 9:39 am

We always say, “We never thought it would happen here.” Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. When this kind of violence came to my community, and my school, we all said the same thing. How could anyone ever think something like …


Education technology

Should Students Be Allowed Access to iPads and Computers During Standardized Tests?

By Daniel Cox April 19, 2013 10:49 am

As teachers in the 21st century, we are expected by our schools, districts, states, and even country to utilize technology within the classroom.  We use the Internet, smart boards, video projectors, computers, iPads, iPods, and a myriad of other forms …


Lily's Blackboard

Make 2015 the Year to Pursue an Education Without Fear

By Lily's Blackboard December 22, 2014 7:21 am

This is a message from Education International of which NEA is a member. 

With many of you about to begin the holidays, reflect on the year that has been and prepare for the one ahead, Education International has one last …


Teacher: What I don’t have time to do anymore — and what I’d do if I had it

Teachers need a lot of things: more respect, higher salaries, etc. But  one teacher says there’s something they need more than anything. Time. This was written by Jake Miller, who teaches seventh-grade U.S. history in Pennsylvania and who has taught…
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Answer Sheet

Let’s Take the Time to Get Common Core Right in Ohio

This piece was co-authored with Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers. It first appeared in the Toledo Blade. View the original here. Many lawmakers and political activists appear determined to perpetuate an endless debate over Ohio’s …
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LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

How Are States Progressing When It Comes to Teacher Distribution?

The U.S. Department of Education gave education researchers a special holiday present: Reams upon reams of state and district level data on the equitable distribution of teachers. …
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Politics K-12 - Education Week

Scratch Jr. Provides a Great Environment for Learning About Programming

Earlier this morning I received an email from a subscriber to the newsletter. She was looking for suggestions on programming apps. One that came mind immediately is Scratch Jr. Scratch Jr. is based on the popular online Scratch…
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Free Technology for Teachers

Football Players and Band Members Meet in the Middle at the Holiday Concert

Student athletes and student musicians have lots in common--they're kids who are seriously engaged in wholesome, school-based activities that have a big impact on their development and eventual lives, careers and citizenship. Pitting them against each other is a selfish…
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Teacher in a Strange Land

5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes – A Comparison Chart

…There are plenty of online tools for creating multimedia quizzes and flipped lessons. I am frequently asked for recommendations for "the best" one. I'm partial to using Google Forms to create multimedia quizzes, but there are others worth trying too.
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Free Technology for Teachers